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RAPID RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section.  It will offer fresh, quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by day, in this rapid-fire world of ours.  Of course, as in military campaigns, a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to be followed by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction.  Charge that to "the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental or military campaign must maintain to be effective.  But the mission will always be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick", supported by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.  That's all I promise.
GS

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TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, February 27 and 28, 2018

RR#1

YOU MAY ALREADY KNOW THIS.
One national organization that is reliable and effective in investigating the actions of our Federal Government, including successfully suing the government for the information it seeks to withhold, is JUDICIAL WATCH. (www.judicialwatch.org).
It's worth the nominal "price of admission".

GS

RR#2

MORE ON THE STATE OF DISUNION: CONNECTICUT.
See the article by the always-reliable Chris Powell entitled
"Wasted Money And Closed Voting Records" (in The Day Feb. 26, 2018, Opinion, pA4).
Although this State has been controlled for decades by the spendthrift Democrats, Governor Malloy has had years to show responsible and fiscal leadership in a new direction. He has not. Connecticut continues as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Public Employees unions. And it continues in the high 40s among all the States in undesirable characteristics.
What a missed opportunity. Of course, he can still advance politically in a similarly unprincipled Democratic Party.
Of course, it wasn't always that way. I was an active member of the Democratic Party, and a public office holder, for many years - until they lost their way. Shame.

GS

RR#3

NO FAKE NEWS HERE:
See "94 Significant Achievements By President Trump In Just One Year On The Job" (www.ffcoalition.com, Feb. 2018).

GS

RR#4

ON THE DECLINING STATE OF HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA,
the result, not of talented and motivated "health care providers", but of confused but arrogant regulators.
See "DOCTORS, REVOLT!, by Rich Joseph, M.D. (in NYTimes Feb. 25, 2018, SR p12).

GS

Doctors, Revolt!

RR#5

WHATEVER YOUR VIEWS ON GLOBAL WARMING, THIS HAS GOT TO BE IMPRESSIVE.

GS

North Pole warms to stunningly high mid-30s this month, alarming experts

RR#6

I AM GENERALLY NOT IN THE PRACTICE OF PREDICTING.
But here is a prediction that I have been making for a long time, ever since I became acquainted with this man's work as Bishop in Denver:
I can see Archbishop Charles J. Chaput as the next Holy Father.

Meanwhile, please read this interview at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

GS

Chaput: Coercion in American culture is ‘soft’ but real

MONDAY, February 26, 2018

RR#1

REGARDING ROBERT MUELLER AND ISLAMIC TERRORISM.
The organization Judicial Watch is a very reliable source for Facts that The Swamp does not want revealed.

GS

Robert Mueller Has A Problem Now That This Dark Secret From His Past Is Public

RR#2

EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENING TO AMERICA'S SOUL.
The Bible says that I can't express Judgment: that that's for The Lord.

But I can express deepest contempt for anyone who is pro-abortion.

GS

LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report
Monday, February 26, 2018

Top Stories
• Trump Admin Cuts Planned Parenthood Funding, Will Shift Sex-Ed Funds to Abstinence Programs
• Planned Parenthood Secretly Opens Massive New 12,000 Square Foot Abortion Clinic
• Council of Europe Says Killing Unborn Babies in Abortions is a “Human Right” So Malta Must Legalize Abortion
• 40 Days for Pro-Life Prayer Campaign at Abortion Clinics Saves 103 Babies So Far
More Pro-Life News
• Christian College Wins Legal Battle, Won’t be Forced to Pay for Abortion Pills
• Benham Brothers’ Father Arrested for Praying in Front of an Abortion Clinic
• Families of Children With Down Syndrome Rally to Ban Abortions of Babies Diagnosed With It
• Hey Christian Voters: If You’re Concerned About Abortion and the Moral Status of Our Nation, Consider This
• Euthanasia Activists Want to Approve Law Allowing Doctors to Euthanize Children
• Pregnant Mom Given Only 15 Minutes to Decide Whether to Abort Twin Baby Diagnosed With Down Syndrome
• Abortion Clinic Tells Women After Aborting Their Baby: “You’ll Feel Much Better After a Light Meal”
• This Planned Parenthood Clinic Has Called an Ambulance 68 Times After Hurting Women in Botched Abortions
• Planned Parenthood May Open New Abortion Center in the Heart of Amish Country
• Study: Young Adults Are Having Considerably Less Sex and Abortions are Dropping as a Result
• Health Authority Orders Hospices to Euthanize Patients, This Hospice is Fighting Back
• Ohio Fights to Close Abortion Clinic That Broke a Law Protecting Women’s Health

SUNDAY, February 25, 2018

RR#1

REGARDING ALCOHOL, DEMENTIA AND CHRONIC ALCOHOLISM.
"True,True, and Related".

How do you want to spend your increasingly likely decades of life after your 60's?

GS

Alcohol use disorder is a 'major risk factor' for dementia

RR#2

AND A RELATED STORY - ABOUT DEMENTIA, AND ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PEOPLE TO PEOPLE: DIRECT, FACE-TO-FACE, AND NOT VIA CYBERSPACE.

GS

Watching the trajectory of patients’ lives

RR#3

NOW HEAR THIS!

GS

You won’t believe what the police wanted to cover up about the Florida shooting

RR#4

CAUTION: FOR LEFTISTS, READING THIS MAY BE DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH.

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GS

Liberalism Fails at Understanding Life

SATURDAY, February 24, 2018

RR#1

READ IT AND WEEP: ABOUT HEALTH CARE DELIVERY TODAY.
Completing my 60th year in private medical practice, I don't work for patients; I work with patients, who have their own responsibilities for their health.
And as far as "concierge medicine" is concerned, I offer that daily, 24-7, without extra cost.
"No brag. Just fact".

GS

Health care's fundamental problem: Your doctor doesn't work for you

RR#2

NOW HEAR THIS:
The world has entered an era that is much more likely to produce its demise than was ever true of the 60 years of MAD. 

GS

Surviving Cyberia

RR#3

AND THAT'S WHY I'M STILL DRIVING MY '96 BLAZER: NO RECALLS.
"Plus": Adam tells me that in three years it will be an "ANTIQUE"...just like its owner.

PS. Recently a survey was done of owners of late model cars.
The question was: "What other AP or capability would you want for your car?"
The most popular answer: "Systems Off".
BARABING!

GS

Toyota, Hyundai recall roughly 110,000 vehicles

FRIDAY, February 23, 2018

RR#1

WHY TREAT OUR MILITARY'S CHILDREN AS SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS?
We have enough dumbed-down second - class citizens, thanks to the actions of the Teachers' Unions and to the unbelievable inaction of their victims.

GS

DeVos backs expanding school choice for military children

RR#2

HERE'S A "MAN BITES DOG STORY" WORTHY OF THE OLYMPICS.
As the man said: "Neva give in. Neva. Neva. Neva. Neva..."

GS

Team USA's 'Rejects' are ready to win curling gold

RR#3

WHAT?!   MORE GOOD NEWS IN THE SAME WEEK?

GS

Coaching Legend Shames Anthem Protesters In One Sentence

RR#4

THIS IS THE FUTURE, AND THE PRESIDENT IS LEADING.

GS

President Trump Must Move at the Speed of Technology, not Bureaucracy

THURSDAY, February 22, 2018

RR#1

"YOU WANT THE TRUTH?" ARE YOU SURE?
If so, listen to this statement in its entirety.

GS

NRA's LaPierre blames FBI, mental illness and security 'failures' for Florida shooting — not guns

RR#2

MORE ON A MAJOR CHALLENGE OF OUR DAY:

Our Children on the front lines.

As with some diseases, this scourge can only be treated with a polypharmacy of treatments.

GS

Trump Endorses Raising Minimum Age to 21 for More Weapons

RR#3

MEANWHILE, BACK IN THE SWAMP,
even the Washington Post sees the importance of what is taking place.
See: "Stop Politicizing The Russia Investigation", by Marc A. Thiessen, in The Day (www.theday.com), Feb. 22, 2018, Opinion, pA4.

GS

Stop politicizing the Russia investigation

RR#4

AND NOW FOR SOME WELCOME RELIEF, SOME GOOD NEWS.
See the excellent article - and better yet read the book - by
Professor Steven Pinker entitled "The Enlightenment Is Working", in WSJ Feb. 10-11, 2018, Review, pC1.
"Don't listen to the gloom-sayers. The world has improved by every measure of human flourishing over the past two centuries, and the progress continues." And he presents a myriad of facts and analyses to prove it.

But in the process of continuing this progress, remember this observation:
"ADVERSITY IS THE PRICE TO BE PAID FOR PRINCIPLE."
(author unknown).

GS

The Enlightenment Is Working

TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, February 20 and 21, 2018

RR#1

REGARDING THIS "RAPID RESPONSE" SECTION,
in progress since March, 2003, not coincidentally beginning a few days before our invasion of Iraq...and all still searchable herein.
It's time for a minor change, given the general access to Search Engines.
Until now, I have been almost uniformly supporting my statements and opinions with direct reference to specific media and scientific articles.
But the world and the news are moving too rapidly for me to stick with that practice...and still be able to practice Medicine.
Of course, much of "the news" clearly fits that description of
William Shakespeare: "Tis a tale as told by an idiot: full of sound and fury, signifying nothing". You won't find that here.
So, HERE GOES...
  1. Medical Marijuana, Yes. "Recreational" Marijuana, No. Find another income stream, you cynics.
  2. Major Depression occurs in over 20% of U.S. adults: more common in younger people, in women and in whites. Its main co-morbidity is Anxiety. Taken together, these can be potent drivers for inaction and for action, including harm to self and even to others.
  3. The Mental Health Industry purports to represent and support all of these patients. In reality the "20 minute hour" and the polypharmacy of psychotropic agents is very often of marginal health even to that minority who have access to such attention. But that fact does not prevent related medical organizations from obstructing vital efforts to identify and Report individuals who are likely to be a risk to themselves and/or to others. Yes, there is the important patient confidentiality. And Yes, there is a uniform responsibility to safe-guard the public. Patient confidentiality should be a shield. It should not be used as a sword...or become a fig-leaf. Obviously, here I'm referring to Gun Safety.
  4. Whether it be with the Florida school shooting, or the Hawaii missile mess, or so many other incidents and "accidents", the engineers have it right: Look for the "Accident Cascade" of several prior mistakes that were missed and that led to the incident in question. I have already expressed in this section my views regarding Gun Laws in general. Specifically with reference to School Safety: schools should Not be the only "gun - free zones", thereby so inviting to evil and crazy people. In addition to armed "security personnel", there should be several designated persons who have "concealed carry" weapons. These crazies must be lethally dropped in their tracks at the earliest possible moment.
  5. The White House effort, subject to individual State implementation, to provide  more affordable and less comprehensive types of Health Insurance to those who prefer to partially "self-insure" - of course not including those with "prior existing conditions" - should be encouraged. The States would thus be the laboratories to test this concept, as should be the case for numerous other controversial "societal needs".
  6. I am pleased to know that the New London Maritime Society has joined two other New London historical organizations in trying to save two historic buildings on Bank Street. However, these good groups and the public should not expect a private individual to fund such projects for the public good. To put a somewhat coarse point on it: "Put your money where your mouth is".
  7. The Mueller investigation, and all of the related Congressional and bureaucratic investigations, are all serious stuff bearing directly upon our Constitutional rights and responsibilities and upon the proper conduct of a democratic America. And there are other very important issues coming to light here: prosecutorial responsibility, prosecutorial abuse, the requirements of Discovery under the Federal Rules of Evidence, and fundamental fairness. I refer here to the experience of General Michael Flynn and the recent action of Judge Emmet Sullivan in his case. Stay tuned! This is very important.
GS

RR#2

THE REAL RUSSIAN THREAT.
An accurate diagnosis.
The treatment? To counter EVERY adverse action directed at the U.S.A or any of its allies with the same type of action and with the same level of energy and effect. Not escalation, but effective counter-action. Whether overt or covert, the Russians will know what we are doing, and why. And we will not bring a knife to a gun-fight.

Will the "snow-flakes" accept such action? Who cares?

GS

The Real Russian Threat

MONDAY, February 19, 2018

RR#1

REGARDING SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, DO YOU WANT THE FACTS?
And do you want the only possible solutions? Or not?

GS

Immediately After Interviewing Parkland Students, Fox News Invites Criticism Of Them

RR#2

AFTER DUNKIRK, HITLER HAD NOT YET LOST HIS MIND.
Here are the facts.

GS

Winston Churchill's Greatest Fear: Why Didn't Hitler Invade Great Britain?

SUNDAY, February 18, 2018

RR#1

WHO BEGAN THIS UTTERLY STUPID DISPUTE?
Never mind. It must Stop Now!
In the worst event to occur in the 20th century, well noted for terrible events, the Holocaust had its worst effects on the nation of Poland, where 6 million Jews and 5 million others were murdered by the Nazi regime. There followed many years of suffering under the Soviets.
Were there Nazi and Soviet collaborators among both the Poles and the Jews? Of course. Could more have been done, with a virtual guarantee of death, by both Poles and Jews? Possibly. What would I have done? I don't know.
What to do now? NEVER FORGET. And also never resurrect the all - too - human elements of that inhuman and purely evil process.
What else to do? Here is an immediate project in which for Pope Francis and the Catholic Church to intervene...whether privately or publically...but effectively with both the nationalist leaders of Poland and the Israelis. But it must Stop Now!
Catholics and Jews are Brothers in Faith. Our relationship is not the existential threat that we all face in the world today. Let us NEVER FORGET that too.

GS

Polish Jews stunned, scared by eruption of anti-Semitism

RR#2

WARNING: THIS IS VERY GRAPHIC.  IT IS ALSO TRUE!

GS

Anarchy growing in Sweden...

 AND, do you think this cannot happen here?

 If we:  American-Americans, do not support our President, IT Will.

As a result of not having Immigration  laws that really vet those who enter their country, Swedes are increasingly unable to enforce their laws.   President Trump is so correct on reforming immigration into the USA and, hopefully every citizen will support him.  This video shows a series of politically correct statements followed by scenes of what actually has been going on in Sweden. What you see in the video may take place in our country if we do not heed this alert and act now to prevent this from happening here.
 
A MUST SEE !!!     THINK OF YOUR FAMILY!
 
Wow – it is amazing how lazy politicians can ruin a country!!

Soundtrack by ABBA  -
It's only 4-1/2 minutes, but an eye-opener...



RR#3

AND THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS...ABOUT IMMIGRATION.

GS

Donald Trump Shut Down Chuck Schumer With One Statement

SATURDAY, February 17, 2018

RR#1

THE RUSSIAN SCHEME TO AFFECT THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION:
The clear statement of Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, which you may or may not see on Media reports, is the following (paraphrased here, but reproduced in toto in this Link):
"There is no allegation in these Indictments that any American wittingly knew of or participated in this Russian scheme."
"Can you hear me now?"

GS

Russian indictments could set stage for more Mueller charges

RR#2

TIME FOR ANOTHER EPISODE OF "POT POURRI"
GS

Polish Jews stunned, scared by eruption of anti-Semitism

FRIDAY, February 16, 2018

RR#1

THIS IS WHY CONTROL OF THE PRESIDENCY IS SO IMPORTANT:
it's effect on Federal Courts. In this case, Islam is not primarily a Religion...it is a world-wide Nation-State and a self-acknowledged grievous danger to this country. The USSC should right this politically based wrong.

GS

U.S. court says Trump travel ban unlawfully discriminates against Muslims

RR#2



RR#3

A SENSIBLE PROPOSAL.
Now watch the blow-back from the "snow-flakes".

GS

Protecting Our Children: A Practical Proposal

THURSDAY, February 15, 2018

RR#1

FIRST THE TWEETS, NEXT THE JOKES.

GS



RR#2

I have a very complicated benefits question. Many years ago, I married a widow who had an 18 year old daughter. After the wedding, my father, a widower, came to visit a number of times, and he fell in love with my step daughter. My father eventually married her without my authorization.

As a result my step-daughter became my step mother and my father became my son in law.
 
My father's wife (also my step daughter) and my step-mother, gave birth to a son who is my grandchild because I am the husband of my step daughter's mother. This boy is also my brother, as the son of my father.
 
As you can see, my wife became a grandmother, because she is the mother of my father's wife. Therefore it appears that I am also my wife's grandchild. A short time after these events, my wife gave birth to a son, who became my father's brother-in-law, the step-son of my father's wife, and my uncle. My son is also my step mother’s brother, and through my step-mother, my wife has become a grandmother and I have become my own grandfather.
 
In light of the above mentioned, I would like to know the following: Does my son, who is also my uncle, my father's son-in-law and my step mother's brother fulfill the requirements for receiving childcare benefits?
 
Zeke
 
==============
 
THE ANSWER:
 
Of course you qualify, Zeke I have arranged to start mailing the checks to all of you just as soon as you arrive here in California.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
Jerry Brown
Governor - State of California

RR#3

NEVER THE "NEW NORMAL".
Many thanks for this, Lisa.

GS

Zero degrees of separation in ‘the new normal’

RR#4

A "MUST SEE":
Tucker Carlson's opening monologue for his 8PM Feb. 15, 2018 presentation on Fox News.
Right on target.
You want a civil war? Try to disarm the American people.
Once again, the "Left" is delusional, despotic and dangerous.

GS

WEDNESDAY, February 14, 2018

RR#1

THE FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTINGS TODAY:
"Rapid Response"...and "the usual suspects".
Once again, families mourn and politicians wring their hands.
I have addressed this subject in the past. Nothing has changed.
There are too many "causes" and "substantial contributing factors" to enumerate here. But, as noted only by a foreigner - the former British Prime Minister" on the Bret Baier Fox News show today - the root cause is what has become of large swaths of American society in recent decades under the influence of the "secular progressives"...aka The Left.
It will take at least one generation, if not more, to staunch the desperation and bleeding of those tens of millions already affected and to stop the spread of this virulent infection - and only if The Left is thoroughly defeated.
Meanwhile, all the usual discussion about "gun control" fails to address the main reason why the vast majority of Americans cling to their guns. They are not mainly "hunters" or "nuts". They are normal, common folks who have lost their confidence in the direction of this country and in the safety of their freedoms - and who are hedging their bet for a possible conflict, either with corrupt authority or with fellow inhabitants of this land. That's why!
Any effort to address reasonable "gun control" must bear that in mind - or it will fail as usual. We are back to why the Founders passed the Second Amendment.
God Bless the deceased, the injured and their families.
And God Help Us All.

GS

RR#2

Not good. And I don't believe there is anything like a "rogue" Russian force anywhere.  Putin is probing everywhere.

GS

Over 100 Russians Dead After Attack on US Forces, Deadliest Clash Since Cold War

RR#3

Not good. And I don't believe there is anything like a "rogue" Russian force anywhere.  Putin is probing everywhere.

GS

Ms. Pelosi is a saint.

Last Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C. an aide to Nancy Pelosi visited the Bishop of the Catholic Cathedral in D.C. He told the Cardinal that Nancy Pelosi would be attending the next day's Mass, and asked if the Cardinal would kindly point out Pelosi to the congregation and say a few words that would include calling Pelosi a saint.
 
The Cardinal replied, "No. I don't really like the woman, and there are issues of conflict with the Catholic Church over some of Pelosi's views." Pelosi's aide then said, "Look, I'll write a check here and now for a donation of $100,000 to you if you'll just tell the congregation you see Pelosi as a saint."
 
The Cardinal thought about it and said, "Well, the Church can use the money, so I'll work your request into tomorrow's sermon." As Pelosi's aide promised, Nancy Pelosi appeared for the Sunday worship and seated herself prominently at the forward left side of the center aisle. As promised, at the start of his sermon, the Cardinal pointed out that Ms. Pelosi was present.
 
The Cardinal went on to explain to the congregation, "While Ms. Pelosi's presence is probably an honor to some, the woman is not numbered among my personal favorite personages. Some of her most egregious views are contrary to tenets of the Church, and she tends to flip-flop on many other issues. Nancy Pelosi is a petty, self-absorbed hypocrite, a thumb sucker, and a nit-wit. Nancy Pelosi is also a serial liar, a cheat, and a thief. I must say, Nancy Pelosi is the worst example of a Catholic I have ever personally witnessed. She married for money and is using her wealth to lie to the American people. She also has a reputation for shirking her Representative obligations both in Washington and in California . The woman is simply not to be trusted."
 
The Cardinal concluded. "But, when compared with Hillary Clinton, Ms. Pelosi is a saint."

RR#4

NEWT GINGRICH: A NATIONAL TREASURE WITH A TRACK RECORD.
Here is more evidence that what needs to be done CAN BE DONE.

GS

Balancing the Budget

TUESDAY, February 13, 2018

AND YOU WONDER WHY "DEFENSIVE MEDICINE" IS ALIVE AND WELL...AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR 25-30% OF ALL HEALTH CARE COSTS?
WHAT A WASTE!
The only "Medical Malpractice Reform" that will work is the establishment of Health Care Courts, analogous to Patent and Bankruptcy Courts. The only impediment to that is the Trial Bar.

GS

Study: Half of doctors sued by age 55

MONDAY, February 12, 2018

America of Old. The White Man was the first immigrant. The natives didn't do so well that time. Is there a lesson here?

GS

How the West REALLY Looked (PDF)

SUNDAY, February 11, 2018

RR#1

REGARDING DRUG ADDICTION, FOREVER AND A DAY.
What? Where? When? Why?
As usually the case, I find the Medical approach to diseases useful here.

1) Diagnosis:
2) Treatment: Not inclusive; but at least I'm trying.
The following articles are offered for further reading and deliberating.

  1. "Doctor Calls For Greater Focus On Reducing The Prescription Of Opioid Drugs", by Deborah Straszheim, in The Day (www.theday.com), Feb. 5, 2018.
  2. "How Trump Can Keep His Promises", NYTimes Editorial, Feb. 4, 2018, SR p8.
As is so often the case with the Times, good and informative reportage is polluted with Trump-bashing, resulting on Yellow Journalism on most pages, including the Editorial page. Get thee to a psychiatrist for treatment of your OCD.

GS

Doctor calls for greater focus on reducing the prescription of opioid drugs

How Trump Can Keep His Vows on Opioids and Infrastructure

RR#2

Chris,
excellent. I have been torn regarding the idea of legalizing drugs.
I still have reservations as expressed; but yours is the most cogent argument for it that I have read.
Do I have your permission to post your statement on my Rapid Rresponse, right after my statement on the subject - with or withour attribution. I wold prefer with attribution, since you should get the credit for it. But it's your call.  Please let me know today.
Thanks. And don't hesitate to give me more feedback on any subject, whether you agree or disagree. That's how we all continue to learn.
Love to all.
Uncle George.

GS

Hi Uncle George

Good post. I especially agree with Diagnosis bullet point number 3. To reduce drug use those things must be reversed. However, I think one thing that will help is ending drug prohibition. If drugs were legalized profit margins in the business would plummet since the drugs are essentially a commodity, and it wouldn’t be dangerous any more to grow/supply/use them. They could be regulated and taxed similar to alcohol (although I’m not really for the singling out for special taxation of any product or service). It would also have the great benefit of keeping thousands of inner city youth out of jails, which are the incubators for lifetime criminals, would put them into the market economy like the rest of us putting them on a path to a better life, and would drastically increase the safety of people living in the inner cities. The lower prices of drugs under such a scenario would not affect demand significantly because demand for drugs is pretty inelastic. Those who are suffering will do anything and pay anything to get them already. For those who continue to use them, the quality and safety of the drug supply would be improved, reducing deaths. In fact, the money saved from not having the “drug war” could be used to improve treatment and awareness too. In addition, the safety and lives of citizens of countries currently racked by drug cartels, such as Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela, would be greatly improved.

Yes, there are risks. But the risk/reward is too great not to do it, IMO. Our one experiment with something similar - ending alcohol prohibition - was extremely successful.

As always, I appreciate your thought-provoking posts. Please keep them coming.

Chris

RR#3


WOW! WHAT A BREATH OF FRESH AIR.

Can He Do It??
The vast administrative agencies and Boards, supposedly governed by Administrative Law and the three Constitutional Branches of Government, have too long been in effect self-governing and self-perpetuating. Enough!

GS

Trump is set to unveil a plan that will shake Washington, D.C. to its core

RR#4

"YOU WANT THE TRUTH....?"  STAY TUNED.

GS

Barack Obama Never Expected This Interview Would Be His Downfall

SATURDAY, February 10, 2018

RR#1

BY NOW YOU KNOW THAT MY "MOVIE REVIEW" SECTION IS DIFFERENT.
Of  course, I have not yet seen "The 15:17 To Paris": but I certainly will.
A huge "ATTA BOY"  to the three real-life heroes.
And a "LIFETIME AWARD" to Clint Eastwood, even a second if he has already received one.
This man has lived at least two lifetimes. And he has lived them intelligently, honorably and with great imagination. Thank you. And, even if you aren't a golf duffer:
"Don't keep score. Just keep on swingin'."

GS

Clint Eastwood casts real American heroes in “The 15:17 to Paris”

RR#2

REGARDING THE STATE OF THE UNIONS:
NATIONAL, STATE, AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES.
Enough printer's ink has flowed in recent days to discuss the economics of running governments. Crucial to that calculus is the "mother's milk of politics": money, preferably a lot of money unencumbered by responsible obligations expected of the people.
At the Federal level, the recent results have been much more promising than elsewhere. Very important needs (debits) have been funded while income (assets) has been addressed in the form of the recent Tax Reform legislation and the already clear positive effects on the economy. Other important issues, especially regarding a comprehensive Immigration Policy, have had to wait - hopefully not for long.
At the State level, with Connecticut a "wholly owned subsidiary" of the Public Employees unions, the prognosis is much more guarded for this seriously ill patient who is bleeding profusely. Out-going Governor Malloy offered a typical Democratic treatment program: feeding and bleeding at the same time, and never getting the  patient out of bed. What did Albert Einstein say about repeating and repeating the same actions and expecting different results? That's what happens when, regardless of the label, the people endorse the same political party for 40 years? IDIOCY.

GS

RR#3

"AND IN THE CHURCH AS IN THE GOVERNMENT, THE SCORCHED-EARTH TACTICS OF ULTRACONSERVATIVES OFTEN GIVES THEM A SWAY DISPROPORTIONATE TO THEIR ACTUAL NUMBERS".
This is a direct quote from an article by Frank Bruni, entitled
"The Scariest Catholic In America", NYTimes Feb 4, 2018, Sunday Review, p3.
It addresses the hysterical reaction of some ultra-conservative "Catholics" to the issue of according any Christian charity to persons whose sexuality may be in question for themselves ("L.G.B.T.). Fortunately, two leaders of the Church are clearly quoted as decrying such un-Christian actions.
"Meanwhile, back at the ranch", Pope Francis seems to have retreated to nibbling at the edges of teachings of the Magisterium, despite his being the Teacher in Chief. What about divorced and re-married Catholics' access to the Sacrament? What about the ridiculous "Unitive Function of Sex" for a committed married couple? What about non-abortifacient contraception for those same couples? What about scientific - and Christian - understanding for persons whose sexuality is not clear...to themselves or to science?
What about all of that? We need answers, Your Holiness...not obfuscation.
The Laity, the "Body of the Church", is waiting.

GS

The Scariest Catholic in America

RR#4

IMPORTANT.
NOT AS IMPORTANT AS ATTACKS ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH,
BUT IMPORTANT ALSO.

GS

The real lesson of the Nunes memo

RR#5

"THE FBI IS AS PURE AS CAESAR'S WIFE".
That is what hypocrite - in - chief  Representative Adam Schiff was in effect saying while he was objecting to the recent release of the FISA report.
But "Caesar's wife" has been a whore in the past.  Why not now, especially now when the swamp is being drained?
See: "Democrats and FBI Abuses", by David Garrow, in WSJ Feb. 6, 2018, Opinion, pA19.
A Must-Read, if you value your Liberty.

GS

Democrats and FBI Abuses

RR#6

NO, MR. PRESIDENT. THERE ISN'T...DUE PROCESS, THAT IS.
AND MEN, WOMEN AND INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS WILL REAP THE WHIRLWIND.

GS

Trump laments 'shattered' lives after aides resign

FRIDAY, February 9, 2018

RR#1

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS NOT ONLY VASTLY BETTER THAN THE ALTERNATIVES. HE IS A GOOD MAN.

GS

MORE UNREPORTED NEWS

On Friday, the Trump administration released their annual report to Congress on White House Office Personnel. It includes the name, status, salary and position title of all 377 White House employees. The report said that Trump decided not to take a dime of his salary, instead he donated it to an amazing cause! (see below). The report also showed that President Trump is far better at saving money than Obama was. The total annual White House salaries under Trump are $35.8 million vs. $40.9 under Obama, a savings of $5.1 million. Here are some other key findings:
There are 110 fewer employees on White House staff under Trump than under Obama at this point in their respective presidencies. *Nineteen fewer staffers are dedicated to The First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS). Currently, there are five staffers dedicated to Melania Trump vs. 24 staffers who served Michelle Obama (FY2009).
 
*However, it's what the report said Trump did with this salary that has everyone talking. Instead of taking his salary, Trump donated all $400,000 to the Department of the Interior where it will be used for construction and repair needs at military cemeteries! AMAZING! It's so great to have a President who loves our brave military men and women so much!
Oh, and where's the media coverage of this? Oh that's right, they don't cover anything good that the President does.

RR#2

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS NOT ONLY VASTLY BETTER THAN THE ALTERNATIVES. HE IS A GOOD MAN.

GS

President Trump is “On Track to Become the Most Pro-Life President Ever”

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THIS LETTER IS EXACTLY ON POINT.
Historic preservation does not mean forcing private citizens to pay for such preservation against their will. If we, the members of Union Railroad Station Trust that saved Union Station in the 1970's, had not found a private buyer (architect George Notter), there would have been a cinder block monstrosity at the base of State Street.
AND ONCE AGAIN THE DAY HAS "DISABLED" FACTUAL COMMENTARY ON THIS LETTER.
If it needs cleaning up, clean it up. Don't censor it.

GS

Stop the whining, save the buildings

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MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN,
with another "...giant step for mankind."

GS

The SpaceX Effect

WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY, February 7 and 8, 2018

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A GREAT MAN.

GS

It would have been fascinating knowing this brilliant man.  Expect he was rather cantakerous.

Churchhillisms
A smile - is a sign of  joy.
A hug - is a sign of love.
A laugh - is a sign of  happiness.
And a friend like me? -
Well that's just a sign
Of good taste ... Churchill

More Churchillisms (PDF)

RR#2

THE MOST INTERESTING REGULAR REPORT IN THE DAY NEWSPAPER:
"Commenting  on this article has been disabled".

GS

RR#3

DO YOU STILL THINK THAT THE CASE IS CLOSED ON THIS QUESTION?
Stay tuned.

GS

Longer winters are coming in reality but will partially blunt global warming for 50 years

TUESDAY, February 6, 2018

RR#1

Thanks. I needed that.

GS

Logos (PDF)

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ABOUT THE STOCK MARKET.
I have relatively minor holdings in the stock market.
My "holdings" are my family investments in Education: 7 Bachelor's Degrees, 5 Master's Degrees and 3 Doctorate Degrees.
Beyond that, a few observations.
1) When J.P.Morgan was asked "What will the Market do?", his reply was "It will Fluctuate, my boy.  It will Fluctuate".
2) "In the Market, Bulls will win, Bears will win; Pigs will not win."
3) The Golden Rule for Investing: Diversify!
4) Look at the percentage drop, not the numerical drop.
5) It tells you something about the priorities of some Americans when the stock market decline - in which less than 50% of Americans are invested - is seen as terrible because all other economic indicators are rising, including wages, profits, investments, consumer confidence....
6) What is terrible is the continuing decline of American Education, at all levels. "Is anybody there? Does anybody care?"

GS

RR#3

MORE FAKE NEWS - OR AT LEAST INCOMPLETE, THIS TIME FROM ITALY.
From general reading, and particularly from reports from native Italians who return to their homeland frequently, I learn that Leftists there have much greater sway in daily life than here in America - so far.
A very recent example is the reportage about a bad incident in Macerata, Italy.
"African Immigrants Shot In Italian Town", by Eric Slyvers, WSJ Feb. 5, 2018, World News, pA6.
The story stresses immigration violence, hatred, etc. Nowhere in the story is the fact that the shooter was reacting against an immigrant who had just been arrested for allegedly attacking, killing and dismembering a teenage girl inhabitant of that town. He had tried to gain access to the accused, without success.
Does this justify the action? No. Does it put it in proper context? Yes. Can such truth-telling be found in the media today...even at times in the WSJ? Hardly.

GS

MONDAY, February 5, 2018

CLIMATE CHANGE.
This is not The Answer. But is does represent more facts.

GS



SUNDAY, February 4, 2018

RR#1

REGARDING THE CURRENT FLU EPIDEMIC.
1) Immunizations of all kinds are the most effective and cheapest form of medical care. To refrain from or to neglect getting immunized is STUPID; and for any parents and their children is IRRESPONSIBLE. Regarding the annual Flu vaccines, "egg allergy" is no longer considered an impediment to getting the shot. And you can still get the 2017-2018 Flu shot now.

2) The characteristics of this year's Flu epidemic resemble those of the Pandemic of 1918: the young and healthy are more likely to get seriously ill and to die. That is probably because the Inflammatory part of our Immune System is a BLUNT INSTRUMENT, prone to over-reacting to an invader, thus at times being itself the cause of death rather than the infection. The obvious example is SEPSIS. Therefore, make sure your physician considers high-dose Steroids in case of serious or grave illness.

3) Any "cold" is not "just a cold". It is a viremia, involving the entire body and capable of causing serious illness besides the well-known problems. Thus, treat a "cold" aggressively from the outset. My patients are given a "Cold Regimen" and are urged to use it. If you wish a copy of that Regimen, without thereby establishing a physician-patient relationship, send me a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your request. Meanwhile, an important note: "Z-PAK" DOES NOT WORK FOR RESPIRATORY TRACT ILLNESSES.

GS

CDC: US Flu Outbreak Worsens; Hospitalizations Highest in Nearly a Decade

RR#2

DEAR READER,
you are familiar with "Around The World..."
Here is another favorite, of mine at least:
POT POURRI: NEWS AND OPINION IN SMALL AND SPICY MORSELS.

1) A very erudite exposition entitled "Islam In Global Politics: A Civilizational Crisis?", by Clive Kessler, in http://acdemocracy.org, 2/2/2018.
Let's cut to the chase: a) Muslims have to decide whether they want to join the rest of the world in these recent and current centuries - or not;
b) Israel is Forever - and Jerusalem is its Capital;
c) administrative assistance in the management of East Jerusalem is desirable and likely;
d) a "Palestinian State" in Gaza is desirable and likely, with no "right of return" unless consistent with that geography;
e) Egypt - and increasingly other Arab / Muslim are getting along with Israel. It's called Reality and Self-Interest.
2) Medical Malpractice Reform. Stop nibbling around the edges. Take MM out of the Civil Court and trial attorney system and establish Health Courts, as is the case in Patent and Bankruptcy Courts - where experts hold sway.
3) Connecticut Supreme Court's bad decision regarding Public Schools and their support. It is abundantly clear that our incestuous legislatures have failed for many decades in a Constitutional obligation. That requires the Judiciary to intervene on Constitutional grounds.
"Can You Hear Me Now?"
4) The Armenian Genocide. When does the world and the U.S. acknowledge and condemn the Turkish action? Or do we wait for a Kurdish genocide, already beginning and by the same perpetrators?
See " Will Trump Tell The Truth About The Armenian Genocide", by Robert M. Morgenthau, in WSJ Jan. 26, 2018, Opinion, pA15.
5) Screen Time for kids. I'm not convinced. Go out and play!
See "Not All Screen Time Is Equal", by Christopher Mims, in WSJ Jan. 22, 2018, B1.
6) "The Case For Tactical U.S. Nukes", by Matthew Kroenig, WSJ Jan. 25, 2018, Opinion, pA15.

Of course! With the proliferation of nuclear weapons among too many nations (and including North Korea, if we are realistic) since the days of the bilateral Cold War,
"limited" destruction is the only credible deterrent to avoid the end of the world. In fact, it was a given to us, medically supporting the U.S. Third Armored Division in Germany facing 20 Soviet divisions 90 miles away at the Fulda Gap, (1960-1962) that we would use tactical nuclear weapons to avoid being overrun. Folks, think of this: America run by "Leftists" could surrender to a belligerent Russia in the face of a threat or actuality of great tactical nuclear destruction short of Armageddon, just as the British Government immediately before Churchill wanted to do just that when faced with Hitler's conventional might. Wake up everyone, and look at the Facts!
That's It For Now.

GS

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MORE...

GS

GOP Rep. Pete King: FBI Duped FISA Court on 'Circular Reasoning'

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President Trump's State of the Union Message:
What a breath of fresh air, especially the following direct quote:
"House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi looked ridiculous as she sat stone-faced, hands folded in her lap, amid the loud applause that filled the chamber".
And this, from the Washington Post.
See: "Trump Nailed It; now lets see what's next", by Marc A. Thiessen, reprinted in The Day (www.theday.com), Feb. 3, 2018, Opinion, pA4.

GS

Trump’s speech nailed it; let’s see what he does now

SATURDAY, February 3, 2018

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PLEASE NOTE: THE ATTRIBUTION HERE IS WRONG...BUT THE FACTS ARE CORRECT.
This was NOT written by Krauthammer and was not published in the Post.

BUT LOOK UP "ORGANIZING FOR ACTION" ON WIKIPEDIA. It's all there, with 23 references and last edited Nov. 27, 2017.

My decades-long advice to my children ("CROSS-READ THE SAME SUBJECT FOR ACCURACY AND INSIGHT") was never more true than now.

GS

A Must read from Charles Krauthammer...New York Post

NOTE; Krauthammer is a well-respected conservative and is NOT a Trump fan or supporter!

An article from the New York Post:

I do not understand how living in a country with its democracy established over 200 years ago, and now, for the first time in history, suddenly we have one of our former presidents set up a group called "Organizing for Action" (OFA).

OFA is 30,000+ strong and working to disrupt everything that our current president's administration is trying to do. This organization goes against our Democracy, and it is an operation that will destroy our way of governing. It goes against our Constitution, our laws, and the processes established over 200 years ago. If it is allowed to proceed then we will be living in chaos very much like third world countries are run. What good is it to have an established government if it is not going to be respected and allowed to follow our laws?

If you had an army some 30,000 strong and a court system stacked over the decades with judges who would allow you to break the laws, how much damage could you do to a country? We are about to find out in America!

Our ex-president said he was going to stay involved through community organizing and speak out on the issues and that appears to be one post-administration promise he intends to keep. He has moved many of his administration's top dogs over to Organizing for Action.

OFA is behind the strategic and tactical implementation of the resistance to the Trump Administration that we are seeing across America, and politically active courts are providing the leverage for this revolution.

OFA is dedicated to organizing communities for "progressive" change. Its issues are gun control, socialist healthcare, abortion, sexual equality, climate change, and of course, immigration reform.

OFA members were propped up by the ex-president's message from the shadows: "Organizing is the building block of everything great we have accomplished. Organizers around the country are fighting for change in their communities and OFA is one of the groups on the front lines. Commit to this work in 2017 and beyond."

OFA's website says it obtained its "digital" assets from the ex-president's re-election effort and that he inspired the movement. In short, it is the shadow government organization aimed at resisting and tearing down the Constitutional Republic we know as AMERICA.

Paul Sperry, writing for the New York Post, says, "The OFA will fight President Donald Trump at every turn of his presidency and the ex-president will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House."

Sperry writes that, "The ex-president is setting up a shadow government to sabotage the Trump administration through a network of non-profits led by OFA, which is growing its war chest (more than $40 million) and has some 250 offices nationwide. The OFA IRS filings, according to Sperry, indicate that the OFA has 32,525 (and growing) volunteers nationwide... The ex-president and his wife will oversee the operation from their home/ office in Washington DC.

Think about how this works.. For example: Trump issues an immigration executive order; the OFA signals for protests and statements from pro-immigrant groups; the ACLU lawyers file lawsuits in jurisdictions where activist judges obstruct the laws; volunteers are called to protest at airports and Congressional town hall meetings; the leftist media springs to action in support of these activities; the twitter sphere lights up with social media; and violence follows. All of this happens from the ex-president's signal that he is heartened by the protests.

If Barack Obama did not do enough to destroy this country in the 8 years he was in office, it appears his future plans are to destroy the foundation on which this country has operated on for the last 241 years.

If this does not scare you, then we are in worse trouble than you know.

So, do your part. You have read it, so at least pass this on so others will know what we are up against. We are losing our country and we are so compliant. We are becoming a "PERFECT TARGET" for our enemy!

Charles Krauthammer [Editor's Note:  Well, not really.]

RR#2

"...THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH".

GS

Nunes on FISA Memo: 'An Obligation to the American People'

RR#3

THE FOLLOWING, MY PRESIDENT'S REPORT OF NOVEMBER, 2016, IS OFFERED AGAIN TO GIVE "THE REST OF THE STORY" INVOLVING THE NEW LONDON MARITIME SOCIETY EXTENDING BACK TO THE YEAR 2000.
It is also a welcome opportunity to congratulate our Executive Director, Susan Tamulevich, for her great work in this, the tenth anniversary of her stewardship.
Many thanks to you, Susan.

GS

New London Maritime Society 2008-1016, by George A. Sprecace, M.D., J.D.

RR#4

REPRESENTATIVE PETER KING HAS ALWAYS BEEN A TRUTH-TELLER.

GS

Rep. Pete King Calls for Public Hearings on Nunes Memo

FRIDAY, February 2, 2018

RR#1

THANK YOU, SUSAN...AND ESPECIALLY FOR
10 GREAT YEARS AT THE CUSTOM HOUSE.
GEORGE.

Forgot to mention that 'Little Lonnie' won his division in tennis and will be in the Special Olympics again this July in Seattle. In the last games he won a gold medal.
For that matter, Jennifer Hillhouse has two grandchildren who will represent the US in S. Korea. Their sport is cross country skiing.
Congratulations!!!

Hello everyone. It was a great day. I wanted to share these photos with you.
We had four big events: 1.) Rogovin Movers were here to reposition the lighthouse lens, 2.) took George to lunch to celebrate his 85th birthday, 3.) hosted a reception for the Homeless Hospitality Center's volunteers, and 4.) hosted a wedding for our own Gwendolyn Bosco (past NLMS secretary) and Lonnie Braxton (current honorary trustee)!

Special thanks to Linda, Margaret, Christina, & Bill who put in extra hours to host HHC guests.
The HHC volunteers live in NL and I have never heard so many people say that they did not know this building was a museum! It makes me think Margaret is right & perhaps we should not charge NL residents admission. We also have to settle the name issue so we can get some clear signage our front (Andrew's suggestion).
The only pad thing today is that the HHC's large coffee pot kept tripping out circuits (& they are not labeled).
Cadets in Saturday to do some painting...
All best,  --Susan

--
Susan Tamulevich, executive director
New London Maritime Society
Custom House Maritime Museum

RR#2

THIS IS WHAT'S AT STAKE...
AS THE SWAMP FIGHTS BACK.

GS

Battle over Nunes memo tests Congress’ ability to oversee FBI

THURSDAY, February 1, 2018

RR#1

AMERICANS ARE DREAMERS TOO"
Meanwhile, the tragic-comic masks worn by the Democrats would be comical if it were not for the denigration of the millions of voters whom they purport to represent. Shame on You.

GS

A Remarkable State of the Union

RR#2

"RES IPSA LOQUITUR."

GS

Lord's Prayer, by a 15-year-old school kid who got an A+ for this entry (TOTALLY AWESOME)!
 
The Lord's Prayer is not allowed in most U.S. Public schools any more.
A kid in Minnesota wrote the following NEW School Prayer:
Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd
If scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.
 
Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
 
For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by the State.
 
We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
 
We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong.
We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong
 
We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!
 
         Amen
 
If you aren't ashamed to do this, Please pass this on.
Jesus said, "If you are ashamed of me,
I will be ashamed of you before my Father"!
 
AWESOME

RR#3

ABORTION: THE INTENTIONAL DESTRUCTION OF A HUMAN LIFE,
AT ANY TIME FROM CONCEPTION TO BIRTH.
Compare and contrast these three statements:
1) the letter to The Day by John Goodrich, Feb. 1, 2018 (web address below)
2) the article in www.ctmirror.org by Ana Radelat, Jan. 29, 2018, entitled "Blumenthal, Murphy Help Sink Abortion Bill";
3) the recent Letter from the Bishop of Norwich to the Faithful and to the Public.
This is not a "Catholic" issue. It is not a "religious" issue. It is certainly not a "women's health issue". It is an existential human issue, regarding which every human being is personally responsible. Personally responsible.

GS

Unlike Catholics in name only, he’s grateful for pro-life President Trump

Letter from Bishop Michael Cote, Bishop of Norwich, CT (PDF)




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